App helps doctors detect heart attack risk

3 September 2013        

Doctor discussing a patient

We’ve helped develop a new smart phone app that will help doctors and paramedics assess a heart attack patient’s risk of dying from a repeat attack within three years.

The app, developed by researchers from the universities of Edinburgh and Massachusetts, will help doctors take into account a patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, kidney function, history of heart disease and the severity of the original heart attack to prescribe the best treatments. 

The app could help to significantly reduce the incidence of repeat heart attacks.


The app works by using data from the Global Registry of Coronary Events (GRACE) to assist doctors in making their recommendations. This includes details of more than 100,000 heart attack patients in 14 countries over ten years. It also incorporates data from 3700 heart attack patients in Scotland and Belgium over a five-year period.

Our Associate Medical Director, Jeremy Pearson, said:

“People that suffer a heart attack are at greater risk of dying from a repeat heart attack in the years that immediately follow. This new app brings together medical data enabled by modern technology to help doctors and paramedics more accurately identify the risk of a repeat heart attack quickly and simply.

"This app will allow them to offer patients the most appropriate treatments for their condition. If widely used, the app could help to significantly reduce the incidence of repeat heart attacks.”

The app was presented today at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Amsterdam.